Overseas Artists

Walter Auer

  • Flute
  • Austria
  • 2021/2020.5/2019/2018.4- /2017.11 /2016.5.20-6.5 /2014 / 2013.5 / 2012.6

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Walter Auer, Flute

Walter Auer is an internationally sought after soloist and Principal Flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera.

He performs in many parts of the world, in the current season including as a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel in Mexiko City, with the symphony orchestras of Bursa (Turkey) and Györ (Hungary), with the Orchestra of the Royal Capitol City of Krakow (Poland) during an extended tour of China, the New Century Orchestra and the Karlya Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Kyoto, Kyushu and Yamagata (Japan), the San Diego Symphony (US) and the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Phil Arte (Austria)



It is no coincidence that he chose an instrument that is very close to the human voice.
„Singing in the orchestra“ is what he aims to achieve in his playing and what singles out his famous, unique sound.

As a young flutist in his home county Carinthia, he was lucky to have musician’s musician Johannes von Kalckreuth as his first flute teacher and went on to study with Michael M. Kofler at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, with Andreas Blau during his time at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and with Aurèle Nicolet in Basel. After studying he was appointed principal flute at Dresden Philharmonic and later with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hanover.

He was very successful on the flute competition circuit, placing or winning in Bonn, Cremona and at the ARD competition in Munich and has been part of the international concert scene ever since. He has recorded CDs for Tudor (Zurich), Paladino (Vienna), Camerata, Nami and Meister Music (Japan) and BIS (Sweden).

Walter Auer is always on the look out to add new pieces to the flute repertoire, either in arranging works originally for other instruments for the flute (for example the Chopin piano-trio) or in commissioning and premiering contemporary music. He closely collaborated with Luna Alcalay (1926-2012), the grande dame of Austrian contemporary music who dedicated „en passant“ for flute solo (premiered by Walter in Cardiff/Wales) and „Escapade“ for woodwind-quintet (premiered at the Musikverein in Vienna) to him.

As a very engaging, supportive teacher, Walter Auer presents masterclasses and workshops throughout Europe, the US and Asia. From 2012 to 2018 he taught at the University for Music in Vienna, as guest professor at the Shobi University Tokyo and at Jogakuin University in Kobe. (2019 he again started teaching at mdw in Vienna.→came from his website)

Walter Auer performs on a 24k Sankyo flute with a head joint by Werner Tomasi (Vienna).